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Western Ghats
Places  /  Published 25.08.22

Misty mountain hop: Romance the monsoon in the hills of Maharashtra’s Amboli

Amboli is a biodiversity hotspot and home to many types of fungi and yeast. Make sure to carry enough underclothing and some anti-fungal powder. Get yourself dry as soon as you reach your hotel. You m...
By Amitabha Gupta

Places  /  Published 10.08.22

Courtallam Falls — the spa of south India

On the eastern side of town, this waterfall with multiple cascades and a large natural pool is also approached by a long trail. Another temple stands right next to it. One side of the trail is lined w...
By Rangan Datta

Places  /  Published 30.05.22

Hazrat Pir Sadruddin Madari Dargah: A 700-year-old heritage shrine in the Western Ghats

Among Igatpuri’s many natural attractions — monsoon waterfalls, clear azure skies, unpolluted lush hills — is a piece of history that might tempt even the most discerning nature love...
By Saurav Roy

Opinion  /  Published 25.10.21

Kerala faces nature’s wrath due to human errors

‘God’s Own Country’ is certainly Kerala’s grandiose moniker coined by its vibrant tourism industry. The state’s picturesque landscape, salubrious climate, and relative im...
By M.G. Radhakrishnan

Opinion  /  Published 11.06.21

The century of wars

The beginning of the year, 2000, had brought great excitement among people of all continents. That was the year marking the beginning of not just a new century but also a new millennium. Many names we...
By G.N. Devy

Opinion  /  Published 16.02.21

The Himalayas: not in the pink of health

Health of the hills, as ancient tribal wisdom goes, is the wealth of the plains. The Himalayas are not in the pink of health, as several studies have warned. Unbridled human activity is wrecking the e...
By Jaideep Hardikar

Science  /  Published 19.06.19

Black pepper origin traced to Western Ghats

Scientists have traced the birth of black pepper to the Western Ghats 6.3 million years ago, resolving a long-standing debate over the origin of one of the world’s most widely used spices. But Piper...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi

Science  /  Published 05.11.18

Wind farms: where kites stay away, lizards play

On the Western Ghats, biologists have discovered that wind farms reduce the abundance of predatory birds and increase lizard populations, triggering a cascade of changes in the food chain whose long-t...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 20.07.19

How many rivers will Bengaluru drink

Many years ago, I came across this striking definition of ecological responsibility: “If we produce everything we want from within a limited area, we are in a position to supervise the methods of pr...
By Ramachandra Guha


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